National Green Corps (NGC)
National Green Corps (NGC)
National Green Corps is a major initiative of MOEFCC for creating environmental awareness launched in 2001-02 which aims at building cadres of young children working towards environmental conservation and sustainable development . The phenomenal response that NGC has received and has made the network more than 1,00,000 Eco clubs across the country in 14 years, making it one of the largest conservation networks indicates its importance at grass root level in taking the environment awareness at mass.
The unique partnership between the MoEF, the state Government agencies alongwith the dedicated NGOs, working in the field of Environmental Education has contributed to the success of the programme. It is operated through Eco-clubs set up in schools registered as members of NGC, this programme exposes school children to in-depth field experiences, and provides opportunities to convert their ideas into creative action.
The programme has a cascading effect, seeks to redirect the consciousness of students towards environment friendly attitudes and actions and goes beyond schools, promoting school-society interactions to sensitize the society.Also in order to strengthen monitoring mechanism of NGC programme, MoEFCC is in process to establish Management Information system (MIS) which will open up vistas in sharing and accessing the information on NGC among all stakeholders. The MIS reporting and monitoring would be interactive and creative in ensuring NGC mobility and services.
Digging Compost Pit by NGC Eco Club of a Govt. Middle School in Nagaland
During financial year 2014-15, 92310 Eco-clubs were supported by the Ministry across the country.
A suggestive list of activities has been communicated to State Nodal Agencies. Out of these some activities are identified
for implementation by Eco clubs. List of some of the suggested activities for Eco-Clubs are as follows:
- Organize seminars, debates, lectures and popular talks on environmental issues in the school.
- Organize field visits to environmentally important sites including polluted and degraded sites wildlife parks etc.
- Organize rallies, marches, human chains and street theater at public places with a view to spread environmental awareness.
- Take up activities like tree plantation, cleanliness drives both within and outside the school campus.
- Grow kitchen garden, maintain vermin-composting pits, construct water-harvesting structures in school, practice paper re-cycling etc.
- Prepare inventories of polluting sources and forward it to enforcement agencies.
- Organize awareness programmes against defecation in public places, pasting posters in public places and to propagate personal hygiene habits like washing hands before meals etc.
- To sensitize people about maintenance of public places like parks, gardens both within and outside the school campus.
- Mobilize action against environmentally unsound practices like garbage disposal in unauthorized places, unsafe disposal of hospital waste etc.
- Undertake case studies, compile lists of environmentally friendly products and community initiatives which have impacted the environment.
- Create database on land use pattern, species diversity, medicinal plants, etc. to help planned conservation efforts.
- Test soil, water and air quality and study their impact on health.
- Learn to make natural dyes and herbal cosmetic.
- Volunteer to help or guide visitors in Zoos, Botanical Gardens, National Parks and Public Gardens.
- Start and maintain a small orchidarium, seed bank, arboretum, etc. in school.
- Demonstrate/promote eco-friendly practices like non-chemical pest management, stall-feeding of animals to protect pastureland from over-grazing, use of energy- efficient devices or use of renewable energy for meeting local needs.